|Syamantaka Gem Story|
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Shatadhanwa Takes Revenge
The jewel was returned to its resting place upon the altar in Satrajit’s home, and
Krishna and Satyabhama
were married. This infuriated her three suitors, Akrura, Kritavarma, and
Shatadhanwa. Now, Shatadhanwa was angered beyond the others. Waiting for an
opportune time, he plotted how he would take revenge on Satrajit for his
Shatadhanwa saw his opportunity to seek his revenge when
Krishna journeyed with his brother, Balarama, to
Hastinapura to take part in a family bereavement ceremony. After the Supreme
Being left the village, Shatadhanwa, emboldened by the fury that still raged
within his heart, barged into Satrajit’s home, oblivious to the cries of the
women, and murdered Satrajit in cold blood in his sleep. He grabbed the jewel
from its altar and fled the scene.
His rage subsided by the time he walked through his door. Realizing what he had done, he attempted to flee. Finding no refuge in the places he sought, he returned to his brother, Akrura. Refusing to cross Lord Krishna, Akrura reminded his brother of
strength and encouraged him to surrender or flee. Shatadhanwa, perhaps hoping
that returning the jewel would ease Krishna’s
wrath, gave the Syamantaka to Akrura and fled on horseback away from the city.
In the meantime, Krishna’s wife, Satyabhama, who had been among the women to who witnessed the crime, journeyed to Hastinapura to inform
Krishna of her father’s vicious murder. Krishna
and Balarama immediately set out to find and punish Satdhanwa. They eventually caught
him, and Krishna promptly killed him and began
searching his possessions for the jewel. He told Balarama that the jewel was
nowhere to be found, but Balarama grew suspicious that perhaps Krishna was not being forthright. Thinking he had
concealed it within his robes for his own gain, Balarama took leave of Krishna and returned to Hastinapura.
Krishna, certain now that Shatadhanwa had given the jewel to Akrura (who happened also to be
uncle), returned to Dwarka to inquire of its whereabouts. Dismay overtook him
when he discovered that the people of Dwarka had also grown suspicious of his
motives when they learned that Balarama had left Krishna
to return to Hastinapura.
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